The Malawian cyclists, who plan to cycle 1,755kms from Nsanje to Chitipa and back to Blantyre for charity to raise funds to drill one borehole each in nine villages in nine districts, handed over a borehole in Mehera Village, Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje District.
This project has funded by Cycle For Change itself to set as an example of their serious intention.
On 17th September 2016, Cycle For Change under the initiative Clean Water Cycle 999 handed over the borehole in Mehera Village, where clean water was hard to come by.
Present on the day were Stewart Kambewa (team leader and cyclist), John Moyenda (treasurer and road manager), Kwame Kayira (cyclist), group village headman Mehera, councillor for the area which is in Chambe Ward Benson Bottoman Makwinja and group village headman Mehera.
The cost for the borehole is K1. 5 million.
Addressing the gathering during the handover ceremony, Group Village Headman Mehera thanked Cycle For Change for bringing this development to the area.
“What you have done to this area is something we will live to remember always. It is a big problem here to get clean water, ” Mehera said. “We travel long distances to get water. The [drilling] of [the] borehole in this area will ease this problem. We still need more boreholes since there are many villages facing this problem here.”
In his remarks, Councillor Makwinja also thanked Cycle For Change for bringing positive change to the area. He advised people in the area to take care of the borehole and use it the right way.
In his remarks, team leader for Cycle For Change Kambewa said it was all joy from the team members seeing their dream come to reality.
He asked the Group Village Headman and his subjects to take care of the borehole and maintain the good working relationship which they displayed throughout the project.
According to the spokesperson for the initiative, Cycle For Change plans to drill 8 other districts across the country. It has since organised a team of cyclists compromising Stewart Kambewa and Kwame Kayira, who will cycle from Nsanje to Chitipa and then from Mzuzu to Blantyre beginning 1st October 2016 in a bid to raise funds for the other boreholes.
The initiative is therefore calling upon well-wishers to support the cause through monetary and material support.
Dubbed Clean Water Cycle 999, this charity initiative has been cycling for leisure but would now like to engage in social responsibilities to the benefit of the nation.
It is inviting the corporate world and other sympathisers to partner with them for sponsorship support that can either be direct — through monetary, or materially — or indirect through what they have termed as ‘Adopt a Borehole’ initiative or any other means that sponsors find it possible and best to support the cause.
“Such support will therefore leave a lasting memory and mark in the lives and communities in targeted areas,” the group says.
“One borehole costs approximately MK1.5 million. This translates to an estimated MK13.5 million for the nine boreholes. Besides, there will also be a need for an additional MK1.974 million to cater for all the other incidental costs for the activity. In total, we need MK15.5 for the whole initiative.”
They have targeted to drill the boreholes in Nsanje, Mulanje, Balaka, Dedza, Salima, Dowa, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba and Chitipa.
“Water is a great foundation of life, but clean water is life. In many parts of our country, especially rural areas, finding a reliable source of clean water is often time-consuming and expensive. In some places, it is simply dry.
“In others, this most critical need is literally only a few feet below ground waiting to sustain life. Many people spend their entire day at times walking long distances searching for clean water.
“Time lost gathering water and suffering from water-borne diseases is limiting people’s true potential, especially women and girls. Education is lost to sickness, so are the other contributors to the country’s social and economic development,” the group says in its appeal.
The group comprises Kambewa as team leader and cyclist together with Kwame Kayira, John Moyenda as treasurer and road manager and Arthur Madzedze as spokesperson.
They say those interested to support financially can do so through bank account name of Cycle for Change at FMB Blantyre Branch savings account number 0003502001333, or Airtel Money: 0997 111 444 and TNM Mpamba: 0888 354 285.
Once they start off, they will be updating their activity through their Facebook page cycleforchangemalawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :